Aleksandr Vasilievich Nazarenko (1948–2022)
I am very sad to report that Aleksandr Vasilievich Nazarenko passed away on 19 January 2022. He was the former principal researcher at the “Eastern Europe in the Antique and Medieval World” Center (since 2018, the Department of the History of Byzantium and Eastern Europe) at the Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences, and at the Center for the History of Religion and Church within the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences. He also was chairman of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Council “The Role of Religion in History,” and head of the scientific section of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society.
Alexander Vasilievich Nazarenko was a well-known expert in the political and dynastic history of Medieval Russia, its foreign affairs, and its international relations, with his main field of interests covering relations between Rus’ and Holy Roman Empire, Poland, and Bohemia. He possessed an exceptional knowledge of Latin and Old Russian sources of the period, Orthodox Church history, and the confessional relations of medieval Rus’. He also had a keen interest in numismatics. For his most famous monograph,“Old Rus’ on International Routes: Interdisciplinary Essays on Cultural, Trade, Political Ties of the 9th–12th Centuries” (Drevniaia Rus' na mezhdunarodnykh putiakh: Mezhdistsiplinarnye ocherki kul'turnykh, torgovyhh, politicheskikh sviazei IX-XII vekov, Moscow, 2001), he received an award from Metropolitan Macarius. Aleksandr V. Nazarenko dedicated a major part of his work to researching and publishing sources on relations between Rus’ and Latin Europe. The best known and most widely used example of his hard work is the 12th volume of the ongoing series “The Oldest Sources on the History of Eastern Europe” (Drevneishie istochniki po istorii Vostochnoi Evropy), which engages Latin sources on the history of East Slavs and Old Rus’ during the 9th–11th centuries, for which Aleksandr V. Nazarenko acted as the chief editor.
Alexander V. Nazarenko made multiple contributions to the development of medieval Russian historical and cultural studies. A diligent researcher and a prolific author, he was also very attentive to people, fond of poetry, and a very religious man. He was a good friend to numerous colleagues and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family.
Obituary by Maria Lavrenchenko, PhD, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences